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The Best Female Fighters In The History of Video Games

Updated on January 22, 2017

The hottest female video game fighters, Sonya Blade, Christie, Angel, Helena and more...

While women seem to have a rough time making in-roads into real life fighting sports like boxing and MMA, there is one field that skilled, beautiful (and deadly) women have never had a hard time getting recognition in.
Fighting games.
Be it arcade or video game consoles, hot women have had a place in video game development since the beginning.
And in the hearts of video game players.
So here are some of my favorite butt kicking beauties and the games they came from.

Angel (The King of Fighters)
The King of Fighters was a fairly popular video game that was developed by SNK Playmore and started out as an Arcade game back in 1994.
But Angel, the sexy, white-haired Mexican fighter that works for NESTS, first appeared in 2001 and 2002.
Angel uses a combination of Muay Thai and pro wrestling, specifically Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's moves.
Haven't you noticed the Blue Monday Parade = The Rock Bottom and Survivor's Banquet = The People's Elbow?
But the similarities to The Rock end there.
Japanese video game illustrator and character designer Styleos designed her, and put a lot of his own "personal preferences" into her design.
They even hired Japanese seiyū (voice actor) Miina Tominaga to do her voice originally.
And did you know that all of Angel's attacks are named after songs by the Japanese musical group Soul Flower Union?

Helena (Dead or Alive)
Dead or Alive is a fighting video game produced by Tecmo and got its inspiration from Fatal Fury and Mortal Kombat.
Helena Douglas (the illegitimate daughter of Fame Douglas and his mistress Maria, a world class soprano opera singer) first showed up in Dead or Alive 2.
Despite her shadowy beginnings, she had become an opera singer like her mother and everything would have been fine until Christie tried to assassinate her.
According to the game, Helena's fighting style is Piguaquan, a style of wushu.

Christie (Dead or Alive)
And that brings us to Christie.
Christie shows up in Dead or Alive 3 as an assassin hired by Donovan to keep an eye on (and kill) Helena Douglas.
Christie's fighting style is She Quan, or Snake Fist, a style of Kung Fu.

Felicia (Darkstalkers)
Felicia is a character in the Darkstalkers series, created by Capcom.
She is a "catwoman" and when the game was originally being designed, she was supposed to be the sexy one and Morrigan was supposed to be cute.
But somehow things got reversed (c'mon, Morrigan is a VAMPIRE, she's supposed to be sexy).
Felicia has not only appeared in Darkstalkers, but other video games as well.
And she has appeared in the Darkstalkers comics, cartoons and animes.

I-No (Guilty Gear XX)
I-No first showed up in Arc System Works fighting game, Guilty Gear XX in 2002.
Separating her from the other fighters so far, I-No uses her guitar as a weapon. Both to bash opponents and to fire sonic waves.
She also wears a pointed witches hat (I know it's stereotypical, I don't want to insult my Pagan friends out there) that can fire projectiles.
And I-No gets the honor of being the primary antagonist and boss of Guilty Gear XX.

Chun-Li (Street Fighter II: The World Warrior)
Chun-Li made her debut in the original version of Capcom's Street Fighter II (1991) and has gone on to become one of the most popular women in the history of video games.
And like Felicia, she has shown up in other video games as well.
But unlike Felicia, Chun-Li has shown up twice in live action.
Once played by Ming Na (Street Fighter,1994) and in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009) , played by Smallville's Kristin Kreuk.
I have seen her fighting style listed as Tai Chi and Wu-shu.
Although which style "Spinning Bird Kick"belongs to...I'm not sure.

Taki (Soulcalibur)
Taki has been with the franchise a long time, starting out as one of the eight original characters in Namco's arcade game Soul Edge (1996).
Then she made the transition to Soulcalibur.
She's a ninja and demon hunter so you get her sword wielding abilities plus magic attacks.

Ayane (Dead or Alive)
We're seeing a lot of Dead or Alive characters huh?
Ayane is the half-sister of Kasumi and Hayate in the Dead or Alive series.
And she's another female ninja (Kunoichi) so she uses Ninjutsu.

Kokoro (Dead or Alive)
Kokoro starts out as a 17 year-old geisha-in training, and by the way, is the daughter of Miyako, one of Fame Douglas' many mistresses (Helena is actually her half-sister).
Her fighting style is Ba Ji Quan, the same fighting style used by Akira Yuki in the classic Virtua Fighter video game.
And also Ba Ji Quan is the "sister style" of Piguaquan, the martial art used by Helena.

Shiki (Samurai Shodown 64)
Shiki is from Samurai Shodown 64 or Samurai Spirits, a 3D fighting game produced by SNK.
Yuga the Destroyer trained Shiki in the art of twin sword fighting, so there you have her fighting style.
Besides Samurai Shodwon, Shiki also appears in SVC Chaos: SNK vs. Capcom, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, SNK Gals' Fighters, and (oddly enough) the dating sim Days of Memories: Oedo Love Scroll.
Well not that odd I guess, Days of Memories has used characters from King Of Fighters as well.

Kitana (Mortal Kombat)
Shao Kahn's daughter and personal assassin, Kitana first showed up in Mortal Kombat II, working with her twin sister Mileena (which made them the deadliest sister act in the business I guess).
But it's okay, she finds out later that Shao Kahn isn't her father.
And she finds out that Mileena isn't really her sister and she kills her.
See how easily relationship problems are resolved in video games?
The character of Kitana has not only been in the Mortal Kombat video games, but in both movies, the live-action TV series Mortal Kombat: Conquest and the comic books.
Her fighting styles are Eagle Claw (one of the oldest and most complex of the Northern Shaolin Kung Fu systems) and Baguazhang (one of the major "internal"Chinese martial arts).

Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters)
Okay, Mai was basically designed to get young male gamers attention and lead to rabid video game addiction.
I mean more so than the other ladies on this list.
The designers themselves worried during the video game development, if they had actually gone too far.
Mai is another female fighter that uses Ninjitsu, which seems to be very popular with female characters.

Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat)
By popular demand, here is Lieutenant Sonya Blade from the Mortal Kombat series.
Out of the seven original characters introduced in Mortal Kombat, Sonya is the only one whose costume has changed considerably.
Sonya was partly inspired by female martial artist and actress Cynthia Rothrock, and was in both Mortal Kombat films.
Her fighting styles are Kenpo and Tae Kwon Do and she uses several variations of her "Kiss of Death" Fatality as a finisher in the various games.

Morrigan Aensland (Darkstalkers)

She was a popular succubus long before the Lost Girl TV show was even thought of, and a favorite of cosplayers everywhere.
Morrigan Aensland was introduced in Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors in 1994 and has gone on to not only appear in every game in the series, but show up in games outside the Darkstalkers series as well.
Some players even consider her the actual main character of the game.
In 2012 (think about this...18 years after her debut!) Complex magazine ranked her as the 13th "most dominant" fighting game character.

Sofia (Battle Arena Toshinden)

I liked Battle Arena Toshinden.
It kind of irritated me at times but if was also a lot of fun.
Battle Arena Toshinden was one of the first fighting games with polygonal characters and was the first that allowed the "sidestep maneuver".
The whip-wielding blonde Russian woman Sofia was my favorite character.
Mainly because of her "Aurora Revolution" and "Thunder Rings" moves.
And her taunts were pretty hot too.
"You're not man enough for me!"

Morrigan Aensland-Black Wings of Death

The Best Female Fighters In The History of Video Games

Angel (The King of Fighters)
Angel (The King of Fighters)
Helena (Dead or Alive)
Helena (Dead or Alive)
Christie (Dead or Alive)
Christie (Dead or Alive)
Felicia (Darkstalkers)
Felicia (Darkstalkers)
I-No (Guilty Gear XX)
I-No (Guilty Gear XX)
Chun-Li (Street Fighter II: The World Warrior)
Chun-Li (Street Fighter II: The World Warrior)
Taki (Soulcalibur)
Taki (Soulcalibur)
Ayane (Dead or Alive)
Ayane (Dead or Alive)
Shiki (Samurai Shodown 64)
Shiki (Samurai Shodown 64)
Kitana (Mortal Kombat)
Kitana (Mortal Kombat)
Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters)
Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters)
Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat)
Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat)
Morrigan Aensland (Darkstalkers)
Morrigan Aensland (Darkstalkers)
Kokoro (Dead or Alive)
Kokoro (Dead or Alive)

Sofia (Battle Arena Toshinden)

Sofia (Battle Arena Toshinden)
Sofia (Battle Arena Toshinden)

The Best Female Fighters In The History of Video Games

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      James 3 years ago

      Would have voted Cammy if she was there. Felicia is great.

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      victor 4 years ago

      c'mon what about Morrigan from Darkstalkers

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      midesmedia 5 years ago from Montevideo, Uruguay

      @ shin_rocka04 . yes. I was with them when they shot the movie in Thailand. Look at my hubs, there is one article about the past-production party with images of Don, Cynthia and other people from "White Tiger" movie.

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      sabrebIade 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I can't find anything on the Don Wilson thing, but I did see where she was shooting a film with TNA Knockout Gail Kim.

      Not bad for a lady that just turned 55 huh?

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      shin_rocka04 5 years ago from Maryland

      @midesmedia really? I would def love to see a flick with Don the Dragon and Cynthia Rothrock. Good stuff. Great post again, Sabre. You know I'm rockin' with Chun-Li =).

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      midesmedia 5 years ago from Montevideo, Uruguay

      Totally, missed out on Sonya Blade from Mortal Kombat being referred to Cynthia Rothrock. I love Cynthia. She is a great martial artist and actress. I heard, she is shooting a new movie with Don Wilson in Thailand, now.

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      StephenSMcmillan 6 years ago

      I love it.

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      JM 6 years ago

      I like Sonya Blade. In MK, all the villains are adamant about having her dead because she poses such a threat. She's also one of the few human MK fighters, and she is also a tomboy, who is sexy at the same time.

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      bollandmiller 6 years ago from So Cal

      Chun Li is on the top for me! Marvel vs Capcom 2 FTW!

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      soheilr 7 years ago

      Very well written with a lot of details given to their characteristics. I'm not a big fan of fighting games but I did enjoy reading this.

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      starvagrant 7 years ago from Missouri

      I so emjoy the fighting style that comes with most female fighters in games (quick and agile) that when I'm playing a new fighting game I go for the girl on principle. Nobody seemed to have mentioned Orchid from Killer Instinct she I'll throw her in here.

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      adorababy 7 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      Kitana is my personal favorite because she was one of the very first to have paved the way for the others to follow.

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      funpages 7 years ago

      Glad to know that Nina Williams of Tekken will be added to the list on Tekken. She revolutionized the genre of skilled female fighters, too.

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      susuanlulu 7 years ago

      still insteresting fighters

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      captainchris 7 years ago

      Nice list!

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      arepblury 7 years ago from klang, selangor, malaysia

      great list... well done.. hehe :)

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      JasperFett 7 years ago

      I have been playing Mass Effect for awhile and after having played it, I would add the character Jack. Sure, she's got a chip on her shoulder and who would blame here after what she went through, but she sure is one girl that you want on your team going into battle.

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      T.M. Luckett 7 years ago from Bartlett, TN

      Great list. I would've added Blue Mary but that's just me.

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      Night Vision 7 years ago

      Great list. Lots of information.

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      Piglitza 7 years ago from South Africa

      Chun-li and I-No Deffo my top 2. Nice listing =]

      Afunguy24, I agree, those 2 deffo needs to be added!

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      afunguy24 7 years ago from Swansea, IL

      I was about to say YOU AIN'T POST NO PICTURES. lol

      You forgot these women.

      Laura Croft: Tomb Raider

      Lady Yuna: Final fantasy 10

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      sabrebIade 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Well like I told wiselemon earlier, Tomb Raider is an action adventure game, not so much a fighting game.These are all pretty much straight up fighters.

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      jezbeat 7 years ago from Malaysia

      Lara Croft isn't there? well you should have

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      cute kitty 7 years ago from england

      Final fantasy games are Awesome! my mom is waiting for final fantasy 13 to come out, I hear it is awesome.

      I like playing Etanal Sonota! :)

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      madeline Oscar 7 years ago

      Lightning in Final Fantasy Games

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      sabrebIade 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mamelody: LOL..thank you! I used to have a friend that loved saying it too...strange huh? She rolled the R and it sounded pretty cool.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Mamelody 7 years ago

      Chun-Li and Kitana were always and still my favorite Kick a$$ females. They inspired me to take on martial arts.. Very nice hub hun. What a super imaginative brain you have. Oh did I tell you how much I lover your name.. I love just saying it SAberblade.. awesome!!

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      ateenyi 7 years ago from Chicago

      Enjoyable Hub!!!!!!!

      The hub is hugely enjoyable culminated with tremendous joy and fun. The best female fighter in the history of video games. Thanks for sharing so nice information.

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      sgchr 7 years ago from Iasi, Romania

      Great article Sabre! ;)

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      nightstalker 7 years ago

      Nice hub. Taki has my vote.

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      dış cephe 7 years ago

      i love Chun-Li lol

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      Darkgora 7 years ago

      If it were all girls i would put,

      -Lara Croft






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      stüdyo 7 years ago

      i love almost all the selections you have placed! Nice work! Look at my page whenver you get an opertunity

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      sabrebIade 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bill...she's in my Tekken Hub

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      bill yon 7 years ago from sourcewall

      you forgot nina willams from tekken she is the all time baddest of the video game fighting chicks.

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      Game Trainers 7 years ago

      Don't know why, but since i have my first sega-32bit i just love that chicks in Mortal Kombat, Kitana. Desperately i want to rip that veil ;)

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      Hideshi Tanaka 7 years ago

      I always liked Xianghua from the Soul Calibur series.

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      aquaseaCreative 7 years ago

      Helena seems a sensible girl - always a good idea to wear pants for those high kicks etc

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      inuyasha episodes 7 years ago

      Thia is a great hub, I love all the girls

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      FrederickD 8 years ago

      Felicia is my girl! Good call!

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      Cassandra Mantis 8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Just a thought, I know she or it is a bit dated, but the girl heroine from "Heavy metal FAKK2", the one who progressively loses her clothing as the levels progress? Its a good game, great levels! Sexy girl too!

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      Eastern Rainbow 8 years ago

      I look forward to reading your hubs

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      d luck 8 years ago

      Mai Shiranui is the sexiest... thanx 4 this great hub.

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      sabrebIade 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      bat115: Look at my Tekken Hub

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      Tim 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      How's about Nina Williams from Tekken?

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      Cassandra Mantis 8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Well researched Hub! Glorious pictures! I can't tell who is best! My cup runneth over! : )

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      loveislam 8 years ago

      nice info

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      BillyRz 8 years ago

      Chun-Li is Probably the most iconic of all the female fighters.

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      Robert Clinton 8 years ago

      Shiki i like her dress and way of fighting with swords. I think she is best one among these.

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      AshtonCorey 8 years ago

      Like the pictures :)

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      DominicJoel 8 years ago

      great game. love it

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      Tesia Gray 8 years ago

      I totally agree with your assessments. Taki is my go to girl for Soul Caliber. Though Fatal Fury's Mai will always have a special place in my heart. Awesome Hub.

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      Tickets 8 years ago from NH

      I would have to say I like Kitana the best. This m ay be due to the fact she is from my favorite game of all time. I think I will dust off my old NES....

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      johnnyfr 8 years ago from Ormskirk, Lancashire

      Great favourite is Helena!

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      sabrebIade 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Well Jawa, I have several Hubs about real fighters....

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      Jawa Lunk 8 years ago

      I was involved in martial arts for about 15 years, how come none of the women fighters I met ever looked like these? Real fighters look better...

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      sur 8 years ago

      very good

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      model 8 years ago

      leena from mortal combat was my favourate.

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      sabrebIade 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I'm planning to continue on with these Hubs, so you'll see some of the ladies show up in other Hubs.

      I haven't played it yet, but I've watched it being played.

      I didn't have time at that moment).

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      Nicole A. Winter 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      sabreblade: Awesome hub, thanks for publishing this! I love the pictures, DOA is definitely got some amazing graphics, (highly understandable why you'd add Christina, etc, to this list,) but Kitana is one of my favorite female fighters! Sonya Blade kicks some serious @ss, too, of course, was surprised not to see her up there. Man, keep up the great work! (Have you played DC Comics vs. Mortal Combat, yet?)

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      sabrebIade 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Jeff: Tekken will be coming soon!

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      Drew Breezzy 8 years ago from somewhere in my mind

      Pretty hot digi babes lol!

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      Jeff 8 years ago

      I think the list could have used atleast 1 more, that is kinda unique to your list. its Ling Xiaoyu from Tekken. Not only is her character amazingly beautiful but she is also a great fighter! She definitly kicks butt in the game. And Tekken is very similar to Mortal Kombat. But great info on these female fighters. Great hub!

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      Chad Taylor 8 years ago from Somewhere in Seattle...

      Good review!

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Really a good hub. Well done this time also saberblade.

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      PB_Smith 8 years ago

      Dang, those thighs on Chun-Li are something else!

      I'm afraid she would break my neck if I got her too excited if ya know what I mean. ;)

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      zxmoneyxz 8 years ago

      Every beautiful picture

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      nationyde5 8 years ago

      ivy from soul caliber

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      sabrebIade 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Actually Grey Wolf that did cross my mind....

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      The Grey Wolf 8 years ago

      What? No Rumble Roses?

      Just kidding.

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      Klw5200 8 years ago

      Great list of fighting women!

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      Christopher Dapo and S. 8 years ago from Havelock, NC

      Kudos on mentioning Kitana, my favorite of the series!

      What can I say? I'm a! :D

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      Jonathan Janco 8 years ago from Southport, CT

      Kitana, but no Sonja?

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      Darkassassin_1989 8 years ago

      I am so amazed! i love almost all the selections you have placed! Nice work! Look at my page whenver you get an opertunity ^_^

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      sabrebIade 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I was gonna put Lara on the list, but I wanted to do "fighters" like Mortal Kombat and Dead or Alive.

      Tomb Raider is more action-adventure.

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      wiselemon 8 years ago

      Lara croft not in the list?